This is one my all time favorite books. I laughed and I cried (more like bawled). Being a former lab owner, I easily related to John Grogan's love/hat...moreThis is one my all time favorite books. I laughed and I cried (more like bawled). Being a former lab owner, I easily related to John Grogan's love/hate relationship with Marley and his escapades. In the end, Marley's story will truly warms your heart. (less)
Before I start, I should preface this review with… if you haven’t read the first book in the Skyship Academy s...moreFor more reviews, go www.readinista.com.
Before I start, I should preface this review with… if you haven’t read the first book in the Skyship Academy series, The Pearl Wars, then you shouldn’t read this review until you do. It’s for your own good. Feel free check out my review of The Pearl Wars if you are wondering what the first book is like. To those who did read The Pearl Wars and it’s been awhile, I recommend re-reading parts of the book to help bring you up to speed. The author does reminisce for too long on the first book, which I personally like, but isn’t helpful if you are a little foggy on the details. A quick reread of certain parts should remedy this.
Author Nick James delivers a fantastic sequel to The Pearl Wars. Crimson Rising is action packed, intriguing, and impossible to put down. In Crimson Rising, everything goes wrong for Cassius Stevenson and Jesse Fisher. After a discovery in Seattle that changes everything about who they are and what they know, they are now on a mission to save the other drifters. However, their mission is put on hold when they become prisoners in their own homes. Jesse doesn’t let the strict rules and watchful eye stop him from his mission, he finds a way to defy orders and get past the guards. It’s not long before he makes another incredible discovery that will change everything again.
I would venture to say that Crimson Rising is better than The Pearl Wars, and I don’t normally say that about sequels. Crimson Rising felt a little more mature and more like it was for an older audience. The main characters have grown up as well and they end up in a lot tough situations. Jesse and Cassius are separated for most of the book too so they are each going through their own issues. They have to be strong and keep their determination in order to survive.
Just like with the first book, Nick James keeps you guessing and wondering what’s going to happen next. James has a knack for creating unique stories that are so new and different that it’s impossible to know what to expect. Right when you think it’s going to go one direction it all changes. Crimson Rising is a well crafted story that’s also refreshingly different. I can’t wait for the next(less)
Untraceable is refreshingly different. It grabs you from the beginning and takes you on unpredictab...moreFor more reviews, visit my blog: www.readinista.com
Untraceable is refreshingly different. It grabs you from the beginning and takes you on unpredictable adventure all the way to the end. It’s action packed with tons of ups and downs and just when I thought I figured things out, something completely unexpected happens.
Growing up in the Smoky Mountains with a Forest Ranger for a father, a girl can’t help but love the wilderness. Grace’s father trained her in everything he knows about wilderness survival, tracking, fly fishing, martial arts, and Smoky Mountain wildlife. When Grace’s father goes missing for 3 months and the local authorities give up the search, Grace takes matters into her own hands. Using her skills, Grace goes on a hunt to find her father and soon finds herself caught in the middle of something much, much bigger and more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.
Grace is going on my list of favorite heroines. She is feisty, tough as nails, fearless, independent, and smart. It’s fun to read about a heroine who can kick butt and knows her way around a mountain or two. While she has many wonderful qualities she is also stubborn, temperamental, persistent, and she never takes ‘no’ for an answer. These qualities often lead her to make multiple irrational decisions that put her life in harms way, but that’s part of the fun of the book.
S.R. Johannes created a story that was truly unlike anything I’ve read before. As a reader of a lot of young adult novels, I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the uniqueness of Untraceable. I used the word ‘refreshing’ already but I found myself using that word frequently when describing his book because that’s exactly what it is. I think one of the things that made this book so different for me was the wilderness aspect of it. Most of the book is set in the woods and I loved it. When you are used books set in the stark hallways of High Schools, the forest and mountains are a much needed change in scenery.
To make things even better, there’s even a little bit of romance. The romance is a fun part of the book but not Grace’s primary objective. This was also refreshing to me as many heroines in young adult novels seem to revolve around boys. Grace, however, is set on finding her father and nothing, not even some cute boys, can keep her from her mission. Yet, another reason I like Grace.
On top of it of all, there is a mystery that just doesn’t want to be solved and keeps your finger permanently in the ready position for page turning. When the pieces all start coming together, you start to fear for the characters lives. And from the climax to the end you have no idea what’s going to happen.
If you are in the mood for something completely different from the YA norm and appreciate nature as much as Grace, then this book is the perfect book for you. The twists and turns made this book a page turner that I never wanted to put down. Untraceable is creative and cute but if you don’t watch out it will kick you in teeth, much like it’s main character Grace. This is by far my favorite debut novel of 2011 and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Thank you to S.R. Johannes for providing me with a copy of her book! My review reflected my honest opinion of the book and was not influenced by the author in any way.(less)
I have to admit that when I first saw advertisements for Cinder, it didn’t inspire me to add it to my ‘To Read’ list. In fact, it wasn’t until the rel...moreI have to admit that when I first saw advertisements for Cinder, it didn’t inspire me to add it to my ‘To Read’ list. In fact, it wasn’t until the release day that I even looked at it on Goodreads. When I read the description, I still wasn’t sold, a cyborg Cinderella story set in Beijing sounded strange to me. That and I’m not really into Cinderella retellings. However, as I browsed reviews I started to change to my mind. People were raving about it and then I suddenly started to think, “Hmm, a cyborg Cinderella story set in Beijing could actually be interesting and out of the box. Why am I being so narrow minded?”
Then I saw that it was available on audiobook and my finger started moving closer to the Purchase button. Ever since I’ve signed up for the YA Audiobook Challenge, I’ve been eager to start marking off books. That settled it. Cinder went from no where near my To Read listen to my Currently Reading list in 2.5 seconds. And let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised and so happy that I pushed aside my hesitation to read/listen to a cyborg Cinderella story.
I debated for a long time about whether or not to read the book or listen to the audiobook. There are some books that are better read than listened to...moreI debated for a long time about whether or not to read the book or listen to the audiobook. There are some books that are better read than listened to and some that are better listened to than read. Well, after listening to an audiobook sample of The Scorpio Races, I immediately put it on my ‘to listen’ list. I think the performances in the audiobook are worth listening to and really make the book come to life.
The Scorpio Races is set in Thisby, a fictional island of the coast of Britain. This island is no ordinary island. Every November water horses, also known as Capaill Uisge, come on shore. These horses are more monsters than actual horses. They are violent horse like creatures that love the sea and blood. Every November Thisby hosts the Scorpio Races, where riders race Capaill Uisge. The story is alternates perspectives between two characters, Puck and Sean.
When I first heard the story was about man-eating horses I didn’t quite no what to think. I love Maggie Stiefvater but do I really love her that much. Well, I’m so glad I took a chance on this book because it was beautifully written. It has to Maggie’s best work so far. If you read, or listen, to epilogue you will learn that the Capaill Uisge are actually based off of an ancient myth about water horses. I don’t know about you but this is the first time I’ve every hear of this myth. There are several versions of the myth and Maggie took the bloodthirsty water horse one. I commend Maggie for her bravery in writing this book as it’s probably a difficult pitch to make. I’m grateful the publishers took a chance on this one because it’s so good.
What made this book so good was the originality, the characters, the narration, the writing, the setting, and right down to the frightening horses. I loved it all. Puck and Sean have unique plights and you feel for both of them equally. Puck is trying to save her family’s home and to do so she’s running in the Scorpio Races to win the big money prize. Sean is the horse trainer for the richest man on the island. Among one of those horses is the Capaill Uisge, Corr, a horse he’s known since childhood and shares a strong bond with. Only the horse doesn’t belong to him it belongs someone else. Sean rides in the races every year with Corr and has won them 4 years in row.
There is a slight romance in the book but The Scorpio Races is not solely about a love story. I don’t mind that the romance plays such a small role because the book doesn’t need it. When it finally happens it’s more sweet that angsty and that is such a relief from the norm.
The narrators were phenomenal and their British accents made you feel like you were in Thisby with the characters. Sean’s character did sound a lot like Clive Owen, which was cool but sometimes it made me picture him as Sean. I got passed it though and I didn’t for a second regret listening to the book instead of reading it.
Clearly, I recommend this book since I loved it so much. If you are in the mood for something completely different, The Scorpio Races is the book for you. I think older teenagers and adults would love this book. It’s a beautiful book, so don’t hesitate to read it.(less)
I’ve enjoyed many of Maria V. Snyder other books but none of them have quite lived up to Poison Study. However, Snyder has redeemed herself in my eyes...moreI’ve enjoyed many of Maria V. Snyder other books but none of them have quite lived up to Poison Study. However, Snyder has redeemed herself in my eyes with Touch of Power. Although Poison Study may still be my favorite of Snyder’s books, Touch of Power is a very close second. Touch of Power was so good that when I finished it, I longed to read it again and I sulked for days. It’s been awhile since I’ve fallen in love like this with a book that I was beginning to forget what it felt like. .
I listened to the audiobook and narrator Gabra Zackman did a phenomenal job. I love her voice and combined with Snyder’s writing, it’s like a match made in heaven. I wish she would narrate all of Snyder’s audiobook books. Sigh.
Touch of Power is a classic Marie V. Snyder novel. A strong heroine is propelled on a journey and action, conflict, and romance ensues. Avry Kazan is a healer, the last of healer due to the bounty placed on all healers. On the run for what seemed like years, Avry managed to survive by blending in and resisting her instinct to heal those in need. However, the desire to heal is strong in healers and Avry gives up her secret when she decides to heal a dying girl. This decision results in her lying in a jail cell with a death sentence looming over her. That is, until a group of rogue men break her out and save her life, at least for the time being.
Snyder crafted superb characters, all have unique personalities and each of the main characters captured my heart. The conflict really pulled me in and for most of the book I had no idea what’s going to happen to get Avry out of her unfortunate situation.
My one compliant is that this book is categorized as young adult and I have no idea why. Avry is twenty and that’s the only thing I can think of that would make this book young adult. Even so, Avry’s character felt older and more mature than 20. Other than her age, nothing about this book felt like a young adult novel.
Well written, captivating, addicting, charming, oh, how many other adjectives can I use to describe this book! I loved it and I wish it wasn’t over so I could keep reading it. I really hope I don’t have to wait too long for next book in the series.(less)
Get ready to get your geek on. Well, technically I should say, get ready to get your 80′s geek on. I will preface my review with you must be nerd to r...moreGet ready to get your geek on. Well, technically I should say, get ready to get your 80′s geek on. I will preface my review with you must be nerd to read this book, or at least willing to embrace your inner nerd. Additionally, a love or deep appreciation for the 80′s is required. If you are not nerd, you will likely loose interest as the entire book is drenched in all things gaming, tech, and 1980′s pop culture. That said, this book is an epic ride through a virtual world with a not so average hero as your guide.
Wade Watts lives in a trailer park with his aunt, who sees Wade as more of a food stamp source than an actual family member. His unfortunate life situation drives him to spend most of his time inside the OASIS, a virtual world, that’s best described as a combination of a virtual reality video game and the internet. Inside the OASIS, a user can play video games, hang out in a virtual chat room, and even attend school. One of the many things driving people to spend time in the virtual world is the OASIS wide ‘Easter egg’ hunt set up by James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. Halliday set up the ultimate video game that calls back to all of his favorite 80′s video game, movies, and music, and the winner will receive his entire fortune.
Wade, also known as Wade3 and Parzival in the OASIS, is one of a millions of people hunting the for Copper Key to unlock the first of three gates in Halliday’s game. That is, he was one of the millions until he found the Copper Key.
I loved Blood Red Road! In fact, I’m dying to read the next book in the series. In a nut shell, it is an awesome journey through a desert dystopian wo...moreI loved Blood Red Road! In fact, I’m dying to read the next book in the series. In a nut shell, it is an awesome journey through a desert dystopian world with a hot tempered and strong female heroine. I will admit with the way it started off I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it so much. But then I became completely consumed by it and regretted the moments when I had to put it down. So much fun to read.
Saba and her brother Lugh are twins born at midwinter and have been strongly connected since birth. Saba would follow Lugh anywhere and do anything for him. When Lugh is captured by a band of mysterious horsemen, Saba travels across the dry and unforgiving desert lands to save him. She is met with challenges along the way that try to prevent her from getting to her brother in time but her drive to save him keeps her going despite all the odds.
I love the characters. Saba is a tough girl and is very much set in her ways. For much of the book her personality is frustrating, but not in a bad way. She grows as her journey progresses and I slowly began to understand her character more as the story went on. I actually like her a lot now. Then there’s Jack, he’s awesome. He’s also a strong character that rivals Saba’s stubbornness with his mostly cool and calm nature. The two characters are captivating to watch together and it’s so much fun when they fight. There are tons of other awesome supporting characters that make you smile or grunt in frustration.
I also liked the dystopian setting. I have a thing for the dessert. I’m not sure what it is about it but I love the vast amount of land and the challenges it presents. It’s harsh especially in this future where water is scarce and survival is all that matters. I think the author did a good job crafted the Blood Red Road world, although at times it’s a little weird. Overall, the setting throws a lot of obstacles at Saba and it certainly keeps things interesting.
My only complaint about the book was the lack of grammar, quotation marks, and other technical things. The author wrote the entire book in a style like country slang. The entire book must have been a spell check nightmare. The writing did trip me up from time to time and forced me to reread parts. Not my favorite thing to do. However, I did appreciate writing style in how it conveyed the book, but I still think quotations marks wouldn’t have taken away from the style.
Overall, Blood Red Road is highly enjoyable read. Since I’ve finished it, I’ve been thinking about it for at least a few days now. I can’t wait for the next book. Seriously, it can’t release itself fast enough. I recommend this book to all young adult fans whether they are fans of the dystopian genre or not.(less)
Pandemonium had a completely different feel than Delirium, the first book in the series. The story, all told fr...moreSee more reviews on www.readinista.com.
Pandemonium had a completely different feel than Delirium, the first book in the series. The story, all told from Lena’s perspective, alternates between different times. This was a little jarring to me in the beginning but I eventually got the hang of it. That aside, I loved it. Couldn’t put it down. Ate it up with a spoon. It Leaves you on a total cliffhanger too. The kind that makes you scream, “WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE?! AHH!” So. Good.
Contrary to Delirium, Lena is a little more rough around the edges in Pandemonium. After escaping from the police in Delirium, she is now on the run and fighting for her survival in the ‘wilds,’ as it’s called in the series. On top of that, she is recovering from the abrupt separation from Alex, the boy she loved so much that she ran away from everything she knew. She meets up with a resistance group living in the wilds. The story switches between Lena finding her way to the group and living with them to a future time when she is a member of the resistance.
Pandemonium is definitely grittier than Delirium. There is way more action and conflict. Alternating from Lena’s past and present kept the pace moving and made the book completely unpredictable. I really had no idea what was going to happen and this made the book difficult to put down. Out of the two books, I still think I liked Delirium more, but Pandemonium is still fantastic. It’s just different than the first.
I will leave this review short and simple because I know readers of Delirium will pick up Pandemonium at break neck speed. I know I did. If you haven’t read Delirium, you should.(less)
For I while I’ve wondered about why so many people loved Delirium. It didn’t particularly appeal to me and the description never sounded that interest...moreFor I while I’ve wondered about why so many people loved Delirium. It didn’t particularly appeal to me and the description never sounded that interesting. I finally caved and had to see for myself what exactly everyone was talking about. Shortly into the book, I understood. It’s not the quite the story that’s amazing but it’s the writing. It’s beautiful and so remarkably well crafted that I can hear English teachers and librarians across the country giving thanks to Lauren Oliver for writing a young adult novel of this caliber. I seriously think the writing in this novel should be studied.
In a nutshell, love is illegal in Oliver’s dystopian society. Love, also known as delirium, is considered a disease and all citizens must undergo surgery to cure them for the delirium by the age of 18. Lena, the main character, is almost 18 and is looking forward to the day she is cured. The argument against love is that it is the cause of many of the worlds problems. “It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.” Rebels are imprisoned, killed, and beaten by the enforcers of the law. It’s hard to imagine our society ever banning love but Oliver makes her world is believable and surprisingly realistic. Even as I describe this book I don’t feel like I’m doing it much justice. I assure you there is more to Delirium than what I’ve described.
One of the things I enjoyed about Delirium was the way the author describes love. Yes it is a book about love, but Oliver clearly paints the positives and negative sides. She describes both sides so well that you root for the rebels and understand why love is banned and law is so forcefully upheld. For most of the book, Lena, is just discovering love. She is happy when she is with Alex, constantly smiling and laughing; and when she is away she feels the pain of missing him. Their secret love keeps them living in fear of being discovered. As Lena treads deeper into love, she begins to see the flaws in her society and how meaningless life is without love. People who have been cured seem to be without a soul and the society Lena once found comfort in, becomes a future she cannot bear without Alex.
Overall, I finally see what everyone is talking about it. It’s a wonderful yet painful love story. You could say the Delirium has taken over me and now that it’s over it hurts. Upon finishing Delirium, I immediately bought the second book in the series and 20 minutes later I listening to Pandemonium. It ends on such a cliffhanger that I couldn’t wait to find what happened next.(less)